Seasons may come and go but a traditional Indian bride will always retain her quintessential charm and elegance. I added a slight twist to a traiditional look, I started with the hair, adding eight stranded braids in the front section and a long plait studded with Swarovski crystals for the rest of the hair. The dupatta covers one side of the face slightly more to slightly emphasis on the hairstyle more. For the face, I started with airbrushing her face to give a natural glow to the skin. This was followed by giving a smokey effect to the eyes using red eyeshadow on the lids and blending black eyeshadow on the outer corners. The eyes were defined with using Swarovski crystals instead of a liner; it adds a lovely sparkle to the eyes. The rest of the face is kept understated, with a light pink-peach blush to the cheeks. The lips are plumped with a lip plumper in peach undertone. The look is completed with adding a nose ring studded with Swarovski crystals
A lot of women want to stay away from a run-of-the-mill look with their hair tied in a bun and want to experiment. To achieve this look, I added a lot of extensions to the hair and and some blonde streaks as well. The colour of the hair streaks can be changed to match the dress and according to the preference of the bride. The ends of the hair have been tousled in to lose curls, with a slight puff in the front. A choker was added as a tiara on the forehead instead of the usual tikka. For the face, again, I started with airbrushing the skin with foundation. The next step is the eyes and I used a combination of red, green and gold on the lids. The gold was used as a highlighter just under the arch of the eyebrows. I followed it with a winged eyeliner on the upper and lower eyelids. This instantly lifts the eyes and gives them definition. For the cheeks, I contoured them with a peach blush, it complements Indian skin tone perfectly. I completed the look by using a coral lip color, it is the hottest colour of the season and adds instant galmour to the face.
Brides today are experimenting with newer colours and silhouettes when it comes to their outfit for the D-day. It is but natural that the same goes with bridal hair and makeup. For this look, we looked at Hollywood for some inspiration. I started by giving finger waves in the front of the hair and pinning them on the side. The rest of the hair has been tied in a low side bun. The dupatta was pinned behind and highlighted with a rose on the side. For the makeup, I started with the usual airbrushing for the face.The next step was the eyes, I used gold on the lids and black on the outer edges of the eyes. It`s a very edgy and contemporary look for the eyes. The gold was also used as a highlighter under the arch of the eyebrows. The fish tail eyeliner on the eyes has been given a more definition by using Swarovski crystals on the outer edges. The look in mind is of a woman that ozzes charm and glamour and hence slightly stronger blush in peach has been added on the cheeks. A traditional deep red has been used on the lips and the entire look has been balanced with a simple bindi on the forehead. Its a bold look that is effortlessly glamorous and perfect balance between traditional and modern.
(The author is the Director of ALPS Clinic and Academy)